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Fedora (1978)

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Barry Detweiler
Marthe Keller ... Fedora
Hildegard Knef ... The Countess
José Ferrer ... Doctor Vando
Frances Sternhagen ... Miss Balfour
Mario Adorf ... Hotel Manager
Stephen Collins ... Young Barry
Henry Fonda ... President of the Academy
Michael York ... Himself (as Micheal York)
Hans Jaray ... Count Sobryanski
Gottfried John ... Kritos
Arlene Francis ... Newscaster
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Head Usher
Christine Mueller Christine Mueller ... Young Antonia
Ellen Schwiers ... Nurse
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Storyline

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

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Taglines:

Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English | Greek | French

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fedora See more »

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Budget:

$6,727,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film as a producer for Billy Wilder. See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Vando and Dutch meet in the bar at approximately 30 minutes into the film, there is a closeup of Vando's earring. At the end of the scene as Doctor Vando leaves the bar (approximately 34 minutes), Vando points at his earring. This time, the earring is considerably thinner and smaller. See more »

Quotes

Barry Detweiler: [looking at the corpse of Fedora] They had done a good job on her considering the messy way her life had ended.
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Connections

References Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata #6 in A Major
Composed by Pietro Domenico Paradisi (1754)
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Pictures which never got small!
11 July 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Fedora" was made with German and French money.It speaks volumes about what America thought of the commercial potential of one of its greatest directors.

As "Buddy Buddy" ,remake of a FRench comedy does not count ,"Fedora" is Wilder's last opus.And it is a good film,nay a splendid one regarded in context,the best last movie Wilder could make ,which is just as well ,because when epitaphs are seen as worthless,the things that came before can sometimes been retropectively tarnished by association."Fedora" stands in little danger to bring this about.It is a last film ,soon,like the others ,to yellow with age but never lose its poignancy.

Some said it was a poor man's "Sunset Blvd" .There are similarities: flashbacks,real-life actors (Cecil B.De Mille in "Sunset" Henry Fonda and Michael York" in "Fedora" ) and the terror of getting old ,the longing for eternity.There the comparison ends.

For "Fedora" was ,in 1978,a "modern" film which the European (notably the FRench critic) hailed as a young man's work."Fedora" is absorbing from start to finish:it is ,in turn,a romantic story (the affair with York) an investigation à la "Citizen Kane" ,a thriller and even a Gothic horror movie.William Holden,Hildegarde Knef , Swiss Marthe Keller,Mario Adorf and Jose Ferrer are all excellent.

The first scene when the heroine throws herself under the train recalls the techniques of the forties/fifties .Whereas "Fedora " is a thoroughly modern film,it manages to display nostalgia for the things we lost when the cinema began to lose its innocence or became intellectual or "got small!"The same nostalgia we felt in "Avanti" .The luminous blue Mediterranean sky is in direct contrast to the darkness of Wilder's earlier films noirs.

With "Fedora" Wilder came out blaring!


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